Mares-Agbeko Rematch Ordered, IBF Purse Bid on 9/15

By Rick Reeno

Eric Gomez, Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions, has advised that a letter was received from IBF, which orders Abner Mares to schedule an immediate rematch with Joseph Agbeko. The final bout of Showtime's bantamweight tournament took place on Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Mares won a twelve round majority decision to unify the IBF and WBC silver titles, but it was referee Russell Mora's performance during the fight that overshadowed anything that was accomplished in the ring.

Despite several warnings to Mares over numerous low blows, Mora never penalized the boxer. Additionally, Mora issued two controversial knockdown calls against Agbeko - including one in the first when Agbeko slipped and a second one in eleventh when Agbeko went down from a low blow. The rematch has to take place by December 14, 2011 and a purse bid has been scheduled for September 15. 

"[The IBF] observed several low blow fouls committed by Abner Mares. While the referee, Russell Mora, issued numerous warnings for low blows during the course of the bout, he neglected to deduct points for these fouls. With 1:03 left in round eleven, Joseph Agbeko was hit with a low blow foul that forced him to the canvas.  Mr. Mora determined that the blow landed by Mares was legal and began to count indicating that a knockdown had occurred. Based upon our review of the bout, it has been determined by the IBF that inappropriate conduct by the referee affected the outcome of the fight," wrote IBF president Daryl Peoples.

Golden Boy plans to speak with Showtime to determine if there are any available television dates to stage the fight in 2011. If Showtime doesn't have any available dates, or money, the rematch would likely get pushed to 2012.

In an earlier interview with's Keith Idec, the director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Keith Kizer, said Mora was not happy with his performance in the fight and regreted not taking a point away from Mares.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dde91 on 08-18-2011

[QUOTE=TX_BOXNG;10998639]Im a mares fan, but i jus rewind every suppose low blow n they were right on the belt except for the knockdown it was very low n if that wouldnt been a knockdown im not sure what were the…

Comment by dde91 on 08-18-2011

Should be a no contest. This fight was a disgrace to the sport and pissed me off big time. KING KONG is going to beat his ass this time.

Comment by Joe2608 on 08-17-2011

Hopefully we get a fair fight this time.

Comment by gopi11 on 08-17-2011

[QUOTE=radab;10996870]Declare it a no-contest[/QUOTE] It will never happen in this lifetime or the next. What would the books do if the losing wagers ask for a refund? They also have to take back the payouts they made, there will be…

Comment by Virgil Caine on 08-16-2011

[QUOTE=Tongva;10998494]Mares wins easily once again by ko and donaire is next. Top rank fighters are *****es if there is no mexican in top rank[/QUOTE] Are you kidding? Donaire would kill Mares.

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